17 facts about California poppy

California poppy
11.Seeds are round or elliptic, colored brown or black.
The typical seed is 1,5 to 1,8 mm wide.
12.Fruits of California poppy are thin and elongated.
They form a dehiscent capsule 3 to 9 cm (1,2 to 3,5 in) long. Seeds are released when the fruit splits in two.
13.Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a place when you can admire those flowers on a large scale.
Among other wildflowers, on over 1700 acres (7,2 km2), vast fields full of poppies are growing there. The reserve, located in Los Angeles County, was established in 1976 and is under the management of the California Department of Parks. The plants are not irrigated or fertilized, leaving the ecosystem intact.  Animals are also not allowed in the park, except for service dogs. For visitors, there are over 7 miles (11 kilometers) of tracks for guests, including wheelchair-accessible trails. Despite the abundance of plants, picking flowers is prohibited.
14.It is an edible plant.
Seeds are used in cooking, while leaves are used as food or garnish.  It is used as a source of edible oil.
15.It has been also used in natural medicine.
Various parts of the plant have been used to repel lice, to treat headaches and toothaches, among other things. The plant has been found to have sedative properties.
16.It is contraindicated in case of glaucoma, pregnancy or lactation.
It also interacts with barbiturates, benzodiazepines and first generation H1 antihistamines.
17.California poppy is pictured on California traffic signs of the State Scenic Highway System.

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